by Anita Mae Draper
|Taken beside elevator on 11th floor|
|Indianapolis from my window|
The conference officially started at 3pm with the Opening Worship, Keynote Address by cartoonist and author Tim Downs. And the surprise awarding of contracts to 3 happy attendees.
|(L to R) Judy, Patti Lacy, Sara, Jen AlLee, Dina Sleiman, Lisa Richardson, Anita Mae Draper|
|Lisa Richardson with elevators behind|
Instead of heading off to the first workshop at 9am, though I headed to purgatory for my editor appointment. I’m not sure who came up with the name for the waiting area, but it was a half-walled raised dais area and the name seemed to fit. I was meeting Kim Moore of Harvest House who is the same editor I met last year over lunch while in Denver. She had requested Emma’s Outlaw at that time, but wanted 20,000 words added. If you remember, this spring, when I sent it out to my Inkwell Inspiration sisters, they basically tore it to shreds and I had to start over. So, my purpose in seeing Kim was to see if she still wanted it. And she did. As soon as I showed her the one-sheet, she smiled and said she remembered Dan, my hero. I told her of the changes and she approved. She gave me her card and told me how to email the completed manuscript when I’m done with it. Phew!
The rest of Saturday was spent in workshops:
- Mastering Structure, Symbols, 3-D Characters using literary works and movies as examples
- Selling Your Stuff with handouts for Pitches, Queries & Proposals (Agents Rachelle Gardner & Sandra Bishop)
- Fact Into Fiction: Tips & Tools for Writing Historical Novels
Late Sat afternoon, Tim Downs gave his 2nd inspirational Keynote Address which was followed by 2 hours of free time. This is the time agents get together with all their clients for a dinner out. A few of us who are un-agented went out for supper across the skywalk to the mall.
|Christina Berry and Anita Mae Draper|
Back in time for the 8pm Late Night Chat, I attended the workshop Tweaking Your Way to Publication put on by 2 multi-published Love Inspired authors, Lenora Worth and Marta Perry.
Sunday was a replay of Sat morning except I didn’t have an appointment and was able to attend the complete Part 2 of the 3-D Characters session. Although I’d barely slept the previous 3 nights, the teacher, Dr. Denis Henley kept me wide awake with his imitations of movie scenes, complete with voices and actions.
|Award Winning Seekers: |
Mary Connealy and Pam Hillerman
It was very important for me to see Rachelle because she also requested Emma's Outlaw last year, but this August, closed the door to queries. I didn't know where that left me. However, the meeting went well. I have to confess though, I consider myself blessed that she requested the manuscript—again. Last year on her blog, she said she requests only 3% of those people she meets. And another agent said he refuses 99% of what he sees at conferences. So, for Rachelle to give me another chance is why I’m hiding in my cave these days. I’ve given myself until the end of Oct to get Emma’s Outlaw emailed out to Kim and Rachelle. Because if I don’t get it out soon, I won’t have any credibility as a writer who gets the job done.
The appointment with Rachelle was followed by a Steve Laube workshop, Working with your Agent. I was thoroughly impressed with Steve’s humor, work ethics and working relationship with his clients, of which there were over half a dozen in the room. The two things I remember the most about his speech… you need constant (once weekly) communication with your agent… and second… the agents have a yahoo group and discuss wayward clients. (I’m remembering a Seinfeld show here.)
|The Inkies: Jen AlLee, Dina Sleiman, Lisa Richardson, Anita Mae Draper|
|Janette Oke and Anita Mae Draper|
And of course, each night I socialized with the Inkies and the Seekers and any one else I could corral.
Like I said, I’m working in my cave. I need to finish Emma’s Outlaw within the next few weeks and submit it. I can then use Nov for NaNoWriMo and work on a new project.
|(L to R) Pam Hillerman, Ginny Aitken, Lynette Eason, Cheryl Wyatt,|
Linda Ford and Allie Pleiter
So, what about you? Have you sent anything out to an agent or editor lately? Or are you still working on a project someone requested months ago?